(Lebanon Daily Star) Standing up to Bashar al-Assad is one thing. Picking a fight with Vladimir Putin would be something else entirely. By forcing down an airliner flying from Moscow, and publicly accusing Russia of ferrying military equipment to Damascus, Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken what may prove to be the biggest gamble yet in his Syria policy.The incident risks damaging a carefully nurtured relationship with an irascible Russian...
Аркадий Мошес 02 Oct 2012
(Газета.ру) Российско-европейские отношения могут измениться к худшему. Дипломатического конфликта не будет, и Кремль может позволить себе отмахиваться от очередных европейских предупреждений. Но бизнес и российские туристы ухудшение неизбежно почувствуют. [...]Читать полностью | © газета.ру
Николай Петров 02 Oct 2012
(Moscow Times) Regional elections, which will be held in less than two weeks, will be the first since the State Duma elections last December that sparked the mass protest movement. They are important for the opposition and for society as a whole. Both are rousing from a state of lethargy and calling for a more open, fair and competitive political system and for the authorities to heed its demandsThe authorities are afraid of elections. They are even more...
Сергей Маркедонов 01 Oct 2012
(Rossiyskaya Gazeta) Concealing the nationalities issue in Russia may put the country on the brink of disintegration, but the problem is not insoluble, says Sergei Markedonov, Visiting Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.The “nationalities issue” has in recent months become the focus of renewed media attention. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the discussion focuses on the Northern Caucasus, Russia’s most turbulent and...
Элизабет Вишник 01 Oct 2012
(Palate Press) A new sophistication about wine is emerging in China, where only a few years ago it was common to see people at banquets mixing Coca-Cola or Sprite with their Great Wall red. At first Chinese wine drinkers gravitated to status purchases of wine from the great châteaux Bordeaux, but now a more diverse group of wine enthusiasts is embracing a wider range of wines.“Wine is hot in China,” Matthew Lance, manager of the Aria Restaurant in the...
Кори Велт 01 Oct 2012
(CNN) The two major parties in Georgia each claimed victory in the nation's historic parliamentary elections as officials worked through the night to count the ballots. The ruling United National Movement and the Georgian Dream Coalition both said it would win a majority of seats in the new 150-member body. Billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who leads the underdog "Georgian Dream" alliance, claimed exit polls showed his...
Нику Попеску 27 Sep 2012
(Open Democracy) Azerbaijan has hydrocarbon riches and a strategic position, which means that all the great powers have an interest in good relations. But one family has dominated the political scene for many years, corruption is rampant and the economy needs diversifying. It’s time to open up, says Nicu Popescu.Foreigners normally tiptoe around Azerbaijan. They all want something from the country, be it in the field of energy or security. The EU...
Константин Сонин 27 Sep 2012
(The Moscow Times) It is exciting to observe politics in a foreign country because they often show what Russia lacks. That said, I am following the U.S. presidential race not so much to learn useful lessons but simply because it is fascinating to watch. It is like a major soccer match — only much more money is involved, like a chess game — and the moves and countermoves are far more complex. It is like going to the theater, except that nobody knows how...
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